Previously at the ICA - Films
17 Sep 2016 – 21 Sep 2016
Bight of the Twin tells the story of Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and the Los Angeles-based artist and filmmaker Hazel Hill McCarthy III's journey to Ouidah in Benin to explore the origins of the Vodoun (Voodoo) religion. Transcending assumptions of what it means to be “gendered”, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and late wife Lady Jaye underwent a series of surgical procedures to become physically identical to one another, seeking to perfect a gender-neutral state through a process they termed Pandrogyny.
In Benin, which has the highest national average of twins per birth in the world, twins carry sacred meaning and are venerated as Gods. When one sibling passes away, the remaining twin remembers their lost other, by carrying around a small, carved replica of their dead brother or sister. During filming, Genesis is serendipitously initiated into the ‘Twin Fetish’, a practice within Vodoun that honors twins by activating a dead twin’s spirit in order to allow for the living one to remain connected with the one who has passed. Through a series of sacrifices and ceremonies, Genesis reaffirms an eternal bond with h/er late wife Lady Jaye – a deeply interdimensional connection of Western Civilization in tangent with African Ritual.
Bight of the Twin, dir. Hazel Hill McCarthy III, USA/Benin 2016, 55mins.